I have written a Sybase 11.9 (Adaptive Server) cursor which is basically supposed to support the following functionality:
(1) I am migrating a table from an old schema to a new schema. I take the old schema table, select a
group of records having a particular value in a column 'X' , check if the number of records in that
group is 12, and if so I delete any 11 of those 12 and retain just 1 record. I repeat this for all distinct
values in column 'X'
Here is the algorithm for how the cursor implements above functionality:
1)Sort table by column X and copy it to temp table
2)Use the temptable as input to the cursor
3)For every record returned by cursor, retain it if it is the first record with a particular value (eg:'ABCD' )
in column X and do BEGIN TRAN
4)If it is not the first record with the above value 'ABCD' in column X I delete it. I keep repeating
this delete till the value in column X changes.
5) Then I check the counter to see if it = 12. If so, I COMMIT the transaction. If not, I rollback the
transaction so that the deletes for 'ABCD' are rolledback.
6) I do this for every distinct value in column X.
Problem: The cursor is not returning all the rows in the temptable. So my process is working only on
part of the table. For some reason I suspect the cursor is getting closed in the middle or something
else is happening.
I am using rollbacks because I do not know before hand if for a given value in column X, there are
12 records or (more/less). If 12 I commit the deletes else I rollback all previous deletes for that
value of column X.
I would appreciate if you could provide a solution to the problem.